C. Milton Wright sophomore Taryn Szerensits called it lucky, but her overtime goal lifted the defending state Class 3A runner-up Mustangs to a 2-1 victory over Perry Hall in girls soccer. It climaxed a well-played physical contest Friday.
"I think the ball came off a defender, I'm not sure," she said. "There were so many people there [in the goal mouth]."
Coach Ken Dawson told his Mustangs that good teams win the overtime games and this victory would help them down the line, should they trail another opponent.
Perry Hall coach Pat Sokolski, whose squad played without one starter and lost two more with injuries during the game, was pleased with the defensive effort.
"Staci Getz, our keeper [20 saves] really was incredible," said Sokolski.
Wright trailed 1-0 before tying the score on a Leigh Biggerman cross that Julie Francis converted.
* In cross country, the Spiked Shoe meet at Johns Hopkins Saturday had its largest field ever, with 32 teams participating. Archbishop Curley's Matt Ciarpella successfully defended his title in the boys division, finishing in 16:54, a minute faster than last year. Fallston's Jenny Howard won the girls division.
* In football, the road for Randallstown gets no easier. After consecutive victories over Lackey (35-19) and Annapolis (14-7), the No. 3 Rams now face No. 10 Westminster, which has pummeled Woodlawn (42-6) and Dulaney (37-6) on successive weekends.
* Oakland Mills, ranked No. 8, won a double-overtime battle (13-7) with No. 19 Linganore, the defending state Class 3A champion, as Korey Singleton scored both touchdowns in overtime. The Scorpions face South River this weekend.
* The state doesn't keep records, but Nathan Kealey's 55-yard field goal Saturday is the longest in recent memory. Kealey, a senior at Mount Hebron, kicked it in the fourth quarter of the Vikings' 16-0 win over Perryville.
* In boys soccer, top-ranked Oakland Mills ran its record to 2-0, downing Calvert Hall, 2-1. The Scorpions beat Loyola last week, 3-0. Loyola keeper Doug Renner sparkled in goal with 20 saves.
Calvert Hall (0-2) also lost to No. 2 Howard last week, and now the No. 4 Cardinals must play host to No. 3 Centennial, tomorrow at 3:30.
Incidentally, Howard's Chris Smith scored one of the longest soccer goals ever last week, driving in a 60-yard direct kick against Calvert Hall as the keeper got his feet tangled while back-pedaling and fell.